|Forum topic by Ray D||posted 11-21-2015 04:07 AM||1054 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-21-2015 04:07 AM
I’ve read the postings for a few years now but it was only earlier this year that I became a member and since then I have learned so much from all of you… Thank you! Just a bit about myself… it was back in the 70’s (sixth grade) when I pushed my first piece of wood passed a table saw blade (school had a full wood shop). I spent many hours in that shop and found myself spending even more time in my HS shop… all while being guided by some wonderful shop teachers. Since that time I spent many hours in and out of a shop with some being more than others but nothing being truly committed. However, it wasn’t until the last year or so, when I became sick did I begin putting a shop back together. I have a lot of time on my hands now-a-days and what better way to spend it but to spend it doing something I have always loved. Anyway, I have some catching up to do with all the fancy accessories, some I have read about, many I have and others are just so silly or confusing I’m not sure which way is up. Table saw blades being one of them. With limited space left in a finished basement and with the other full size shop tools, I only had room for a contractors saw (DeWalt 7499) that I built into a cabinet/bench.
I have read what I believe to be everything (LOL) there is on this site about saw blades so if I missed a previous post that answers my question, please forgive. Why is it saw blades are stamped (or reported) with the kerf in fraction and decimal with neither of them matching in size. Example is Freud Premier Fusion General Purpose Blade show a kerf of 3/32 and .091. Knowing that 3/32 is .09375 or as some say .094. I presented this question to Freud and got an answer of “3/32” is the fractional equivalent of .093 which means it is only two thousands of an inch different from .091 (virtually the same size)”. I ask this question because my saws riving knife says to use a min. of .094 kerf blade. I may not be feeling well or maybe I am overthink it but that three thousands of an inch could be trouble? I think WW II does the same thing with their markings. Can someone please help? I just need a VERY GOOD thin kerf blade or two separate blades. It doesn’t matter which way. UGH! Maybe I should just heat the garage, build a shop out there and buy a bigger saw. Ha!
-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois